Deirdre Purcell

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Deirdre Purcell (born Dublin 1945) is an Irish author. Purcell is a former Abbey Theatre actress, who has played as Christine opposite Donal McCann in Drama at Inish, Miss Frost in the stage adaptation of The Ginger Man, and Pegeen Mike in The Playboy of the Western World. Purcell is also a former TV and press journalist. She has been awarded The Benson & Hedges and Cross awards for journalism. She lived in Beara Peninsula West Cork.[1] Since October 2009, she has presented All About the Music on RTÉ Lyric FM. She also presents "It Says in the Papers" on Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1.


Deirdre Purcell was born and brought up in Dublin. She has published twelve critically acclaimed novels, most recently Pearl and The Winter Gathering, all of which have been bestsellers in Ireland. She lives in County Meath with her husband. She has two adult sons. Purcell was appointed to the board of the Central Bank of Ireland in 2003 and was serving in 2008 when the Irish banking system collapsed.[2]


  • A Place of Stones (1991)
  • That Childhood Country (1992)
  • Falling for a Dancer (1993)
  • Ashes of Roses (1994)
  • Francey (1995)
  • Roses After Rain (1996)
  • Sky (1996)
  • Love Like Hate Adore (1997)
  • Billy and Jesus Are Off to Barcelona (1999)
  • Entertaining Ambrose (2001)
  • Has Anyone Here Seen Larry? (2002)
  • Marble Gardens (2002)
  • Last Summer in Arcadia (2003)
  • Children of Eve (2005)
  • Tell Me Your Secret (2006)
  • The secret (2006)
  • Somewhere in Between (2007)
  • Jesus and Billy Are Off to Barcelona (2008)
  • Days We Remember (2008)

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Non fiction[edit]

  • Diamonds and Holes in My Shoes (2006)
  • Follow Me Down to Dublin (2007)[3]
  • Aengus Finucane: A Life (2015)


  1. ^ Deirdre Purcell Archived 2007-06-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Central Bank and Financial regulator Boards in 2008". The Irish Independent. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Reference for the entire bibliography.